Perennial tiredness can be passed off as a side effect of a full life or having too much on your plate. But the reality is that there are a dozen or more health conditions that warrant treatment, which could be causing this tiredness. From psychological ailments like depression and anxiety, to health problems like hypothyroidism, anemia, restless leg syndrome, or sleep apnea, to lifestyle issues. Fatigue isn’t always due to the most obvious reasons!
If single foods could end frequent allergy woes or make everyone slim and happy, grocery stores would have to ward off a massive amount of desperate shoppers on a daily basis. While we (thankfully) haven’t reached that point yet, science promises to bring a chain of food and nutrients that[.....]
B6, specifically, is a vitamin that plays a vital role in production of immune cells, hemoglobin as well synthesis of mood regulating hormones. Deficiency is rare, yet children, adults over 65, and women of reproductive age tend to be at risk. Symptoms include weak immune system, anemia, dermatitis, inflammation of the tongue, depression, and confusion.
Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, blueberries offer a host of health benefits, including dramatic benefits for the brain. Nicknamed "brain-berry" by many scientists, blueberries contain polyphenolic compounds, specifically anthocyanins, that are known for having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds can improve cognitive functioning, motor skill function, and memory.
Are you a dog lover? If so, you know just how friendly dogs can be. Therapy dogs, in particular, are especially sweet. These are dogs that visit nursing homes and hospitals, offering love and affection to mentally or physically ill patients.1 It’s enough to make anyone smile! Even stressed college[.....]
Depression is a complex condition. Dysthymia, bipolar depression, adjustment disorder, atypical depression, seasonal affective disorder, postnatal depression are just some types. Common symptoms include feelings of hopelessness and a loss of interest in things that were once enjoyable. Constant fatigue, a lack of appetite, and insomnia are also red flags.
A popular antidepressant, Trazodone, is a prescription drug used to treat major depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Its common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and prolonged penile erection. A word of caution for its safe usage is to not to mix it with alcohol, avoid it during pregnancy and lactation, and taper off the dosage gradually to avoid withdrawal effects.
Uninvolved or neglectful parenting is detrimental to a child’s emotional growth and wellbeing. Studies have shown children of neglectful parenting grow up to be social recluses, do not do well in school, fall victims to bullying and substance abuse, and are more susceptible to mental ailments like depression when they grow up. Neglectful parents do more harm to the child’s growth than abusive parents. The right intervention at the right time can steer parents towards positive parenting.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in boosting the immune system and helping your body absorb dietary calcium, a mineral needed by your bones, teeth and other tissues. Its deficiency may leave you more susceptible to muscle spasms, joint pain, frequent bone fractures, hair loss, and delayed wound healing, recurring respiratory infections due to impaired immunity.
Saffron, the exotic golden spice, can do more than just add color and flavor to your dishes. It has been valued in traditional Asian medicine for its impressive health benefits. These days, modern science has begun to recognize the power of saffron's bioactive compounds such as crocin, crocetin, picrocrocin, and safranal. From lowering insulin resistance to tackling depression, these substances boast a medley of amazing benefits. Read on to learn how saffron can spice up your health in the best way possible.
Fish oil's benefits are due to its omega-3 fats that lower triglycerides and the bad cholesterol, reduce anxiety and prevent Alzheimer's, and lower cancer risk of the breast, colon, and prostate. They can also replace the anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat arthritis. If you're diabetic or on blood-thinners, avoid fish oil. If you are not, take it with antioxidants in a dose not more than 3 g a day unless so advised by your doctor.
Oft-associated with side-effect of certain medications such as antidepressants, night sweats may have many other underlying health conditions to be blamed. While some of the obvious causes are menopausal transitions, night sweats could also be an early warning sign of lymphatic cancer, or infections such as tuberculosis or HIV progressing to AIDS.
No matter what causes anxiety in you, running relieves its symptoms like shallow breathing, palpitations, and numbness in hands and feet, by boosting the oxygen intake and blood flow. It increases the GABA neurotransmitters that soothe excited nerves and resist stress in the long run and endorphins to improve mood and battle the effect of cortisol. It promotes restful sleep. It's therapeutic in phobic anxieties.
Regular running evens out the impact of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol with the mood-lifting endorphins, making you optimistic, happy, and less perceptive to pain. The sharper memory and focus that it accords can also lift your mood, adding to the sense of achievement you feel after challenging yourself to that extra mile. Just 30 mins of moderate-pace running, even if in short bouts through the day, can do the trick.
Running makes your body release hormones like serotonin or dopamine to alleviate depression. It boosts the birth of neurons in the hippocampus region of the brain to aid learning and memory, well into your old age, and counter diseases like dementia, where the neurons stop working and die. As it enhances your attention and focus, running is a viable treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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